About us

Modern life is taking a toll on children and young people, with almost 50% of them unable to sleep because of stress and worry, with others missing meals or avoiding school or friends (YouGov survey 2014).

Despite promises of extra funding to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) they are in crisis with waiting times often reaching 18 months or more, and only the most severe cases being accepted. Other services have had their funding cut in recent years.

Many local children and young people are in desperate need of support with mental health issues and the lack of existing services to help them is having a devastating effect on them and their families.  Children often feel overwhelmed, frightened and alone without the help they need, and can begin self-harming and even become suicidal.

Nature and Nurture CIC offers psychological, creative and holistic therapies for children and young people in Derbyshire and beyond, who are experiencing emotional problems.  We are a community interest company operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise.

Our unique approach to working with children and young people is based on two key principles:

  • Holistic service  – we offer therapies to treat and nurture both the mind and the body. The latest research in the field of neuroscience shows that a combination of talking therapies and ‘body-based’ activities gives the best chance of recovery from trauma and improving emotional wellbeing
  • Environment – we believe that the environment that therapy is offered in is crucially important.  Sunshine Barn, home of Nature and Nurture, is a suite of sympathetically restored and cosily furnished farm buildings set in the countryside.  It offers a safe, non-clinical, peaceful and nurturing environment with access to nature and animals – both proven to aid healing.

Early intervention from services such as Nature and Nurture can provide tremendous relief, and prevent problems escalating.  We offer support to children individually and in groups, and we also offer support to parents/carers.

We do not charge for our services. Our work is funded by grants, corporate sponsors, private donations and our own fundraising, so that all children and young people – regardless of their parent/carer’s financial situation – can experience and benefit from all that Nature and Nurture has to offer.  However, if parents/carers are able to make donations towards the cost of their childrens’ therapy, this is always very much appreciated.

Latest news

  • Aromatherapy and Yoga on offer at our 2-day Therapy Group17th August 2018 - 8:01 pm

    Huge thanks to Natasha Restrick of Holistic Aromatherapy & Massage (Natasha Restrick) and Julie Bates of Little Lotus Yoga for Children for giving up their time this week to offer sessions on aromatherapy and yoga for the children who attended our 2-day therapy group. Both sessions were extremely powerful and the children loved them! They […]

  • SUMMER THERAPY GROUP FOR TEENAGERS STARTING SHORTLY25th May 2018 - 7:58 pm

    Is your child, or a child you know, struggling with an emotional issue or mental health difficulty at the moment? Perhaps they have experienced a bereavement, family break up, bullying or other upsetting situation and are feeling very sad, or it has affected their confidence or self-esteem. Maybe they are feeling anxious, and this could […]

  • Wild Mud Run – Osmaston Park – Saturday 24th March25th March 2018 - 7:40 pm

      For the second year running our wonderful patron, Philippa Walker-Okeover, got muddy in support of Nature and Nurture! This year she had support from friends Henrietta and Emma, and our very own Kirsty Cooper, and our volunteer Grace Wonder also joined in the fun supporting the runners as a marshal.  We are full of […]

  • Fundraising Ceilidh18th March 2018 - 7:34 pm

    Huge thanks to Miriam Ingram and the Harding family for organising a fantastic Ceilidh on Friday 16th March at Ashbourne Golf Club and donating a share of the proceeds to Nature and Nurture.  We are so grateful for your support!

  • New Therapy Group Starting on Tuesday 13th March21st February 2018 - 6:37 pm

      Is your child, or a child you know, struggling with an emotional issue or mental health difficulty at the moment? Perhaps they have experienced a bereavement, family break up, bullying or other upsetting situation and are feeling very sad, or it has affected their confidence or self-esteem. Maybe they are feeling anxious, and this […]